How to talk with patients about dental implants

May 6, 2013
Issue 5

Many patients may be leery of implants, or simply not aware they’re candidates. Here’s a few questions they should ask themselves to find out if implants might be a treatment option, and questions you can use to get the conversation started:

Many patients may be leery of implants, or simply not aware they’re candidates. Here’s a few questions they should ask themselves to find out if implants might be a treatment option, and questions you can use to get the conversation started:

Do you have one or more missing teeth?

Do you have a bridge that needs to be replaced?

Do your dentures affect your quality of life by slipping, clicking or keeping you from eating what you want?

Do you have bite problems or pain because of a missing tooth?

Do you find yourself hesitant to smile because you are missing teeth?

Do you have trouble eating or chewing?

Do you have difficulty speaking properly?

Do you believe your quality of life will be improved if your teeth looked or functioned better?

Do you want a treatment option for missing teeth that provides a more permanent, long-term solution?